Caveat Emptor: The Gourman Report

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Arthur Bedeian of Louisiana State University offers a critical analysis of the Gourman Report rankings:

Several years ago two colleagues and I began searching for a ranking of U.S. management departments for a career study we had been discussing. Among the various rankings available, The Gourman Report seemed to be especially appropriate, having been used in articles that appeared in many distinguished journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Human Resources, and Social Forces. As noted by a set of respected colleagues, The Gourman Report offers the only guide to higher education quality that assigns numerical scores measuring university quality, and has consequently been used by a number of researchers (Judge, Cable, Boudreau, & Bretz, 1995, p. 498). Upon retrieving The Gourman Report from the LSU library, I was informed by the reference librarian on duty that this volume was provided to patrons upon request, but only with a standard warning reflected in the concluding statement of a review of the Report that appeared in the Wilson Library Bulletin, Only an irresponsible reference librarian would add [the Gourman Report] to a collection (Rettig, 1993, p. 124).

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